We had the opportunity to attend the fall open house at the Bali Hai restaurant on Shelter Island, and meet with clients and other wedding professionals who are regulars at ceremonies here. First off, the weather couldn't have been better - scattered clouds with clear skies, a fantastic view of downtown, and a magical sunset.
Bali Hai really went all out, having vendors display the best of their work and serving great food and drinks throughout the event. We had the opportunity to meet florists, bakers, DJ's, photographers, really everyone who could help make your wedding day the best possible experience. These are all experienced professionals, and I enjoyed sharing stories with them
If you're searching for a waterfront wedding ceremony site, I know Bali Hai is a place you should check out. We aren't professional photographers and just our cell phone pictures came out stunning. Imagine what your guests will experience here. It's an absolutely beautiful wedding site.
There were incredible options for table displays, mostly centered around an island theme but with different types of flowers and centerpieces. VG Donuts brought out a spread of desserts that would impress Willy Wonka, and we really enjoyed as the sun went down hanging out around the fire pit while the downtown high rises lit up in the distance across the bay.
Overall, if you're still searching for an incredible wedding or event space in the central San Diego area, Bali Hai should be on your list to visit. We've played there before and would love to provide your ceremony and cocktail hour music, and we're happy to set you up with the other wedding professionals we met.
It was a hot day up in Vista at Shadowridge Golf Club, but that didn't stop the guests and the wedding party from dressing to the 10s! Everyone looked fabulous, and the surroundings were beautiful. Shadowridge has an excellent staff of friendly people who know what they are doing when it comes to coordinating weddings, coupled with a secluded private ceremony location and onsite clubhouse, it is a great all-encompassing location for weddings in North County San Diego.
We brought our string quartet, which played fun covers of pop songs and classical favorites for the guests as they arrived and waited for the ceremony to start. Afterwards, the bride and groom dismissed each guest, so we continued playing fun & upbeat music that the guests loved. Overall- we really enjoyed the day at Shadowridge and look forward to coming back - hopefully to some cooler weather!
We had the opportunity to return to the beautiful Morgan Run Club and Resort over the weekend, and are always impressed by this Rancho Santa Fe / Del Mar area wedding venue. Beyond the views and welcoming spaces, the staff at Morgan Run are incredibly friendly, outgoing, and helpful- so you really feel like you're part of the family here and that is why it is such a special place.
Morgan Run is, primarily, a golf and tennis club- and they have the facilities to prove it! Gorgeous greens go on for miles, and the courts are top notch. On site, their aquatic and gym facilities leave nothing behind either, and they even offer a kids day camp for wedding parties which is quite reasonable!
Bringing Royal Customs to Your San Diego Wedding
With the recent announcement of the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, we thought it would be fun to focus on tips for making your wedding royal-inspired! British royal weddings have always caused quite a stir with brides from all over the world looking for inspiration on how they can bring a bit of the custom and class into their own ceremonies.
A Key Gaslamp San Diego Wedding Location!
The downtown San Diego Gaslamp district is home to many fine restaurants, clubs, activities, and hotels, and one of the newest and finest is The Pendry, recently opened in February 2017. The prime location on J Street between 5th & 6th was developed with class, sophistication, and elegance, and it's no wonder that it is the place to be for many visitors and locals alike.
I should start by mentioning this isn't just a hotel, it's a destination. With multiple restaurants, meeting spaces, event halls, an underground club, bars, swimming club & spa, their visitors could easily just wander around for a few days and enjoy everything the location has to offer. I toured the facility with many other San Diego Wedding professionals, ranging from photographers to event planners to other venue coordinators, and we all really enjoyed the atmosphere and incredible opportunities that The Pendry has to offer.
Check out some of the other pictures I took during the tour, and let me know what your favorite wedding venue is in San Diego- maybe I'll visit there next! If you contact the Pendry for an event, please let them know I sent ya!
Dan is the bassoonist & one of the founders of the LCQ.